Interviewee: Anne Eliza Lamb
Interviewer: Jane Abernathy Plyler
Dates: November 20 and December 8, 1979
Location: Clinton, NC
Anne Lamb was born in 1897, in Sampson County, North Carolina. She graduated from the Cumberland General Hospital School of Nursing in 1923. She worked briefly in hospital before working in public health clinics under the supervision of Dr. George M. Cooper. The State Board of Health employed her to create a program regulating midwifery throughout North Carolina. She worked as the single nurse in the islands of Dare County, NC for a year and then worked for a decade in Granville County. She received a certificate in Maternity Nursing at the Margaret Hague Institute in New Jersey. She became a nursing supervisor in Robeson County and then returned to work for the State Board as a consultant specializing in planned parenthood. She died in 1980.
Lambâs interview centers on her work in maternal and child health and family planning. She discusses midwives and the effort to educate and regulate them. She explains the process of enforcing these regulations and compares midwives in different communities in different areas of the state. Lamb talks about the folk medicine that she encountered in her work, especially the practices that related to pregnancy. She describes the reaction of communities and local governments to her work in providing birth control and birth control education to the public. Lamb also discusses her work in generalized public health nursing and her own life as a public health nurse. She describes her salary and housing, her personal life, and challenges in transportation and communication that she faced in her work.